One of three impressive 18-hole layouts at Saucon Valley, the tree-lined fairways of the Weyhill course were set around an old abandoned quarry by William and David Gordon in the mid-1960s.
The course was once operated by the local Bethlehem Steel Company and – despite the pedigree of its esteemed older siblings, the Old and the Grace – many consider the Weyhill layout to comprise the most picturesque 18 holes on the property.
Superintendent Jim Roney kindly supplied us with the following comments:
“A sympathetic restoration took place in 2010 and the architect who carried out the work was Tom Marzolf from Fazio Golf. The goals of the project were to refresh the golf course yet hold onto the past. Some of the design elements included modernizing and updating the course while maintaining the existing appearance. We wanted to create a fun and beautiful playing experience for all handicaps with a sympathetic restoration that preserved the original design.
We elected to keep a similar bunker style, keep the course challenging yet not punishing while improving playability issues by adding tees for higher handicap golfers. Additionally, we wanted to find ways to reduce labor and maintenance costs. As a result, we reduced the number of bunkers by a third and converted out of play rough to native areas.
The project consisted of reconstructing all the greens to USGA specification, rebuilding all the bunkers, adding forward and back teeing areas, shifting fairways and installing subsurface storm drainage. The game of golf has changed since Weyhill opened so all the modifications were made to cope with modern technology.”
When I played the Weyhill course, only executives of Bethlehem Steel and Air Products could join. I was fortunate enough to be acquainted with a fellow whose brother-in-law was a retired Bethlehem Steel executive. Not counting Pine Valley, which is in its own league, Weyhill was very special and very, very private. I was told that, other than on special occasions, only about 4 or 5 foursomes per day played the course. The conditions were pristine. I was embarrassed to take a divot on the perfect fairways. The course was challenging, but it strength is its quietness, pace of play and natural surroundings. I did not see golfer, other than those in our foursome, all day.
My first impression, at Weyhill, was my most memorable. More memorable than the course. When I arrived in the courtyard in front of the stone farmhouse/club house, a middle aged man dressed in suit pants, shirt, tie and a vest immediately appeared. He opened my car door, welcomed me to Weyhill and told me to go into the clubhouse to meet my host. He would take care of every thing, including my car, golf clubs, shoes and the change of clothes I had brought. Upon reaching the clubhouse door, it was immediately opened by a middle aged woman, who welcomed me again and lead me to a small dining room, where my host and the rest of the foursome were gathered. The woman took my drink order. Once we all had a drink, the man, who had met me at the car, directed us to a table, where he took our lunch orders. The food was cooked and served by the man and woman, who I later found out were married and lived there as the caretakers. After lunch, the man directed us to the well appointed locker room, where all of our golf clothes and shoes were. We dressed and walked out to the golf carts, which already had our bags on them. Everything happened efficiently and perfectly and all by just two people. I was impressed.
The Weyhill course at Saucon Valley is beautiful and features a great variety of holes. The 14th hole, in particular, sticks out as a par 3 over an old quarry. Hitting fairways here is important as the rough can be gnarly and the greens have a lot of slope to them. My personal favorite at Saucon Valley CC.